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What is the future of local government services?

January 20, 2017 by Ingrid Koehler

Local government is facing unprecedented challenges. Our civic discourse seems to be in tumult, finances are dire, but people still rely on local public services for so much and this year our policy themes address each of these challenges. Councils have some tough choices ahead. New duties on homelessness and…


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Public service – stories that matter

January 19, 2017 by LGiU

Dawn Reeves is a facilitator and trainer working largely with public sector clients. For the past few years she has been interested in changing the narrative about the public sector, exploring creative ways to tell the real stories from the local government and other public services. She explains the importance…


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What next for democracy?

January 18, 2017 by Andrew Walker

2016 was a fairly tumultuous year, which has created a lively public debate around the future of democracy. This will be one of LGiU’s core policy themes for the coming year.  Many people feel completely disengaged from politics and disempowered by the operation of governments national and local. Meanwhile the…


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All bets are off

January 6, 2017 by Jonathan Carr-West

It’s traditional to kick off the New Year with a ‘predictions for the year ahead’ article, writes Jonathan Carr-West. This year these have largely been replaced with articles about uncertainty and the impossibility of making predictions.


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Viewpoint: A national crisis needs a national response

December 16, 2016 by LGiU

The LGiU and many other commentators have been saying that the adult social care is in crisis – a crisis caused largely by inadequate funding to address social care needs. While councils have largely tried to shield social care from the worst of the cuts, the overall financial picture means…


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Viewpoint: Commissioners need to think smaller

December 7, 2016 by LGiU

A new report for Lloyds Bank Foundation has found a commissioning process that is excluding smaller charities and consequently struggling to provide the services that are needed to the people that need them. Paul Streets explains.


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Is politics broken?

December 5, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

And what can local government do about it? Post Brexit, post Trump is politics broken? For politics as we know it, the short answer is yes, politics is broken. I believe in democracy, but I am not foolish enough to believe that it always delivers the right outcome or even…


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